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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 37


Indicator 37. International Achievement Comparison


Scores on international mathematics, science, and reading assessments of 13- and 14-year-olds in selected countries: 1991

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                | 13-year-olds,  ||                           |14-year-olds,
                |percent correct ||                           |   mean\1\
    Country     |----------------||          Country          |-------------
                | Mathe- |Science||                           |   Reading
                | matics |       ||                           |
----------------|--------|-------||---------------------------|-------------
Korea ..........      73      78 ||Finland ....................         560
Taiwan .........      73      76 ||France .....................         549
Switzerland\2\ .      71      74 ||Sweden .....................         546
Soviet Union\3\       70      71 ||New Zealand ................         545
Hungary ........      68      73 ||Hungary ....................         536
France .........      64      69 ||Switzerland ................         536
Israel\4\ ......      63      70 ||Iceland ....................         536
Canada .........      62      69 ||United States ..............         535
Scotland .......      61      68 ||Hong Kong ..................         535
Ireland ........      61      63 ||Slovenia ...................         532
Slovenia .......      57      70 ||Germany (former East) ......         526
Spain\5\ .......      55      68 ||Denmark ....................         525
United States ..      55      67 ||Canada (British Columbia) ..         522
Jordan .........      40      57 ||Germany (former West) ......         522
                                 ||Norway .....................         516
                                 ||Italy ......................         515
                                 ||Netherlands ................         514
                                 ||Ireland ....................         511
                                 ||Spain ......................         490
                                 ||Belgium\6\ .................         481
                                 ||Trinidad/Tobago ............         479
                                 ||Thailand ...................         477
                                 ||Philippines ................         430
                                 ||Venezuela ..................         417
                                 ||Botswana ...................         330
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/1/ Score distributions are based on a mean of 500 and a standard deviation of 100.

/2/ 15 cantons.

/3/ Schools in 14 republics, where instruction is in Russian.

/4/ Schools where instruction is in Hebrew.

/5/ Includes Spanish speaking schools, except in Cataluna.

/6/ Only French-speaking students were tested.

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Learning Mathematics and Learning Science. The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, How in the World Do Students Read?

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